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UN to Beef Up Peacekeepers for Congo Vote

116370.jpg Security Council meeting on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at UN Headquarters in New York. "The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Monday to deploy a U.N. peacekeeping battalion temporarily from Burundi to Congo to help with security during the country's first democratic elections in 40 years planned for June. The resolution adopted by the council also authorizes the transfer of 50 military observers and a military hospital until July 1. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan asked the council to approve the temporary redeployment to beef up the 17,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, the world's largest, during the election period." [Read more] See also: INTERVIEW-Fickle donors neglect Africa's worst wars-UN AlertNet: Central African Republic troubles
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IAEA Chief to Visit Iran

CNN: "The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency will visit Iran this week for talks about that nation's nuclear activities, a spokeswoman for the group told CNN Sunday. International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Mohammed ElBaradei will arrive in Tehran Tuesday or Wednesday, the spokeswoman said."
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Health Workforce Crisis has Deadly Impact in Many Countries, UN Report Warns

whologo2.jpg "With at least 10 million people dying each year from largely preventable infectious diseases and complications of pregnancy and delivery, the United Nations today marked World Health Day with an urgent call for more than 4 million additional doctors, nurses, midwives, managers and public health workers for developing countries. "The global population is growing, but the number of health workers is stagnating or even falling in many of the places where they are needed most," UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook said of the stark statistics detailed in his agency's World Health Report 2006 - Working Together for Health, issued today.
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UN Accuses Haiti of Massive Illegal Detentions

"The head of the U.N. mission's human rights unit in Haiti accused judicial officials and the U.S.-backed interim government on Thursday of illegally detaining most of the 4,000 people behind bars in the country.
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Foreign Donors Turning Backs on Darfur – UNICEF

"International donors are turning their backs on Sudan's crisis-torn Darfur region, putting at even greater risk the lives of people who are already victims of conflict and banditry, UNICEF said on Wednesday. Dan Toole, head of emergency programmes for the United Nations' children's fund, said large parts of the vast region were off limits to aid workers as government forces and local militias battled each other as peace talks faltered." [More]
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Blog Roundup #99

A sampling of United Nations related blog commentary Rikomatic: "The United Nations recently concluded an international conference on early warning in Bonn, Germany. Over 1,200 participants from 140 countries participated in the gathering, that concluded that a "people-centered" approach was needed to build effective early-warning systems to prevent the loss of human life from natural disasters such as floods, tsunamis and pandemics. As a preparation for the conference, a "Global Survey of Early Warning Systems" [PDF] was prepared by the UN, that details what capacity already exists for early warning, what the major gaps are."
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UN: Rich Nations Seek More Workers

"Rich countries have changed their attitude toward would-be immigrants and are adopting or changing laws to allow in skilled and low-skilled workers to meet specific workplace demands, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday. At the same time, countries are stepping up efforts to prevent and combat illegal immigration, especially since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, it said." [More]